Robert was born in Vancouver to Madeline and John Watson. He is predeceased by his parents, older brother Richard and his brother-in-law Bob King. Much loved and missed, Robert is survived by his loving wife Dana Claxton, his sisters Diane King and Rosalee McRae (Brian), his son Jethro Haines, and stepson James Fox. He also leaves many cousins, nieces, and nephews in Canada and Northern Ireland, Dana's family and many close friends.
Robert's working life was dedicated to Sundance Trampolines, a business started by his father, which promoted the trampoline for family fun and leisure in the backyard. Starting in the lower mainland, the business grew to sell both nationally and internationally. In the early years, Robert and his sales crew attended numerous trade shows. Many of those friendships endure to this day.
Robert was a champion swimmer, a skier, a golfer, and could fix or build almost anything. He loved Christmas, played the guitar, and was even in a band or two in his youth. One of his deepest passions was cars, especially Vintage and new Corvettes. His fondest memories included his youth at the family cottage at Cultus Lake. A child of the 60s, his zest for "freedom, love, peace, and beads" followed him throughout his life.
Sadly, Robert had another battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family when he passed. "Farewell to thee, but not farewell to my fondest thoughts of thee, within my heart they still shall dwell, and they shall cheer and comfort me. "
Flowers gratefully declined in lieu of donations to Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, where Robert received tender care, or the BC Cancer Society.